Fulton Elementary School|
DLA Architects, Ltd. (Dahlquist and Lutzow Architects, Ltd.)
Two Pierce Place, Suite 1300, Itasca, IL 60143
Location: Tinley Park, Illinois (Chicago area)
LEED® for Schools 2007 Silver
Date Bid: Apr 2008 Construction Period: June 2008 to May
Total Square Feet: 62,070 Site 11.17 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 27 classrooms seating 26 per classroom;
gymnasium capacity, 984. Building Size: First floor, 45,300;
second floor, 16,770; total, 62,070 square feet. Building Height:
First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 14’8”; floor to floor, 13’4”; total,
Basic Construction Type: New/Type IIB Masonry Load Bearing.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: Brick, CMU. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
General Contractor: Henry Brothers Company - 9821 S. 78th Avenue,
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Structural Engineer: Pease-Borst & Associates, LLC - 18 Executive
Court, South Barrington, IL 60010
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Mechanical Services Associates
- 780 McArdle Drive, #A, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Civil Engineer: W-T Civil Engineering, LLC - 2675 Pratum Avenue,
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
The 550 student PreK-5 Fulton Elementary School consolidates two
existing Grade Centers into one new and comprehensive school with a
program similar to other District 146 schools. The two story school is
certified LEED® Silver and is designed to maximize open space for the
school/community while still providing an efficient and state-of-the art
facility for the District’s needs. The site was developed to encourage
the use of alternative transportation, control storm water runoff, and
minimize the heat island effect and light pollution. Potable water use
is regulated through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual
flush toilets. Energy usage is minimized through the use of energy
efficient HVAC systems and a tight building envelope along with energy
management and enhanced commissioning.
An active, engaged community produces motivated, inspired learners.
Fulton is the anchor to a community-focused campus, shared with the
local Athletic Commission and softball team. Students not only have
access to a variety of athletic and open spaces, but they will have a
sense of pride and involvement in knowing the significant role that
their new school plays for the community.
The exterior of the structure, a load-bearing masonry wall system
comprised of brick, cast stone and aluminum composite panels, reflects a
Prairie Style influence in its massing and proportions, respecting the
architectural context of the surrounding site, including the Historic
District of Tinley Park. The materials and the architectural detailing
relate to the adjacent Administration Center, creating a campus
The building plan features a Media Center that serves as the hub for the
new school. It’s story and a half volume brings down the building’s
scale at street level and helps to define a front courtyard between the
Administration Center and the new school. The Client indicated that the
Media Center was to be a hub for the school and to serve as the school’s
“Family Room." The result is a comfortable and open space. Multiple
classrooms can use the space at once.
This central space is flanked by an early learning center, general
administration and support spaces, classrooms providing storage and
support of technology-based learning with integrated wireless systems,
assembly spaces including a multi-purpose room and gymnasium designed to
accommodate two physical education classes simultaneously and additional
building support spaces. The Gymnasium and Multi-Purpose Room at the
extremity of the second wing are easily accessible to the community and
to the playground/staging area and may be secured from the Academic Wing
for after school or community use.
A challenge in this project was the Client’s preference for minimal
exterior window glazing due to security concerns. This was solved by
integrating narrow expanses of vertical glazing into the design. The
result is that the windows actually define exterior rhythms and are a
key component of the Prairie Style appearance. Additionally, the sill
height of the windows varies based upon the ages of the children that
would be occupying the spaces.
LEED® Points Achieved 37 Total
Sustainable Sites 10
Water Efficiency 1
Energy & Atmosphere 5
Materials & Resources 7
Indoor Environmental Quality 12
Innovation Design Process 2
Roof: The Garland Company Flooring: Armstrong
Operable Partitions: Hufcor Lighting: Cooper Window:
Entrances & Storefronts: Cross Aluminum